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Response to Tom McMillin's Mailer: His Pants Are on Fire!

Tom McMillin on taxing seniors' pensions.

This time of year we get a lot of political postcards and some of them do stretch the truth but the one I saw today from Tom McMillin earns a “Liar Liar Pants on Fire” award. In bold letters he says “When some politicians in Lansing wanted to tax your pension, Tom McMillin said “No.””

Really? Perhaps they didn’t hear you Tom because it was recorded as a “yes” vote. Don’t believe me? Go to www.michiganvotes.org and check out HB 4361 and HB4362, you can also read an in depth analysis of the fiscal impacts of this bill.

Now you can argue the pros and cons of this bill but the reality is that it DID raise taxes on many seniors. It also raised taxes on low income working poor, predominately working women with children. Now, some may say he was doing what he had to do to put the economy back on track- but that isn’t what he campaigned on. He signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to never raise taxes. And now he is just flat out lying by saying he didn’t raise taxes on seniors. Now to be fair, he points out in his flyer that if you were 67 or older your taxes didn’t go up (some of your exemptions may have gone away so they may go up in the end) but if you are under 67 and receiving a pension it may be subject to taxes. So, if you took an early buyout or were encouraged to retire early, too bad!

What burns my britches is that he campaigns the issue of not raising taxes but when in office he does another and then tries to pretend it didn’t happen. Many people won’t know the full impact of this tax increase until the spring when they file their tax returns which would be too late to boot McMillin out of office if he was re-elected for his final two year term as State Representative.

Please examine the records carefully before voting this November. www.Michiganvotes.org is a great tool to see what your legislators are doing and the status of many bills. It is a valuable resource for clarity in a cluttered world.

I have also attached a copy of the mailer.

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Kristin Bull October 27, 2012 at 01:39 AM
@Marty - did you try the site www.Publius.com? You should be able to input your name and city and see your exact ballot. Try it - see what it says.
Mike Reno October 27, 2012 at 02:55 AM
How many hundreds of millions does the MEA extort from ou teachers, Bruce? A professional teacher cannot work at a public school in Michigan without being forced, one way or another, to contribute some $700+ per year to the MEA. No option... The MEA, in turn, pays it's executives $300K+ annually. Of course, it's for the kids, right? And this is the group that gave $5K to JVR. A donation that seems to dwarf the GLEP donation. To follow your line of thinking... No wonder she supports Prop 2.
Marianne Maurer October 27, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Wow Mike, you really hold tremendous distain for the MEA. I can assure you they are not holding teachers hostage as you somewhat imply. Like the State House in Lansing they have areas they can work on, and public conversation can bring that about. I believe the executives at BCBS that give to your guy's war chest make in excess of $300 grand. Certainly no more deserved then the chiefs at MEA, that is the organizations battle and not ours. Joanna supports public schools and is proud to say so. She talks to Educational Leaders and teachers to find out how she can help promote RCS in Lansing. She understands that you must know your community before you can represent them. Jobs, the economy, hospitals, human rights, and small businesses are what she has been learning about for the past year. Yes, the places that are a part of the community she hopes to represent. She has spent thousands of hours meeting with people in our district, talking about our district. Joanna is by far the best person for the job. She has a huge support system who wants someone who cares about this community. If folks do the right thing and vote a split ticket she will win. If they take the time and put politics aside Rochester will send a fighter to Lansing. It is a refreshing thought, and as I tell my students "Anything is possible if you work for it!" Mike, relax and smile a little ,you will enjoy life a bit more!
Chris Gill October 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM
So true Bruce. They love their children perhaps, but they don't love mine. Mike my MEA dues (from MY salary, not my districts purse) pays these MEA executives' salaries. I am OK with it, why do you care so much, it's not your money? I can opt out of a healthy chunk of my dues by the way, I choose not to do that. Any member can if they choose too. There aren't many that choose to though, gee I wonder why? I personally would give Joanna the max donation that I could if I were a well heeled, small to medium business woman. This is not about protecting my "fat" pension benefits *cough, cough* but more about protecting the public education system that our children need.
doug October 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Bruse: You really show your colors with comments like these. The Devos family has given tens of millions of dollars to charity and is one of the biggest reasons Grand Rapids is the best large city in the State of Michigan. Ask people in Grand Rapids what they think of the Devos family and you get alot different picture than you are portraying. Even if you don't agree with them, your left wing characterization of them basically taints your comments. .

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